Opinion

Viewpoint: Putting the ‘grand’ in grandparenting

Friday, May 15, 2015

When I was first told I would be a grandmother, I must admit I had reservations. Grandparenting is for old people. Grandmothers wear their hair in a bun, wear sensible shoes that tie, and they have false teeth. I was not ready for that. I have since discovered the wonder of being a grandmother. Wow. I had two granddaughters born within seven months of each other last year. They are … 0

Letters: Pipelines don’t belong in wetlands

Friday, May 15, 2015

To the editor: Have you ever looked at the environmental footprint of a gas transmission line and an electrical transmission line in a wetland area? I hope all of the paper’s readers have seen the pictures that Kinder Morgan frequently publishes of a large gas line being installed. Ever wondered why you don’t see pictures of a pipeline installed in a wetland? Kinder … 1

Letters: Finding health care providers

Friday, May 15, 2015

To the editor: Lucy Nichols’ thoughtful letter of May 12 underscored the difficulty of selecting a new health care facility based on publicly available hospital performance data. Hospitals typically expend a great deal of energy ensuring that they perform well on required safety and quality measures. A major driver for this is the emergence of “pay for performance,” whereby revenue from government and … 0

Letters: A modest proposal for town elections

Monday, May 18, 2015

To the editor: When asked by the Ledger-Transcript what I thought of the low voter turnout last Tuesday, I said the paper wouldn’t print my answer. Almost all the voters who bothered to come were older people, as it seems to be our generation that imagines voting to … 0

VIEWPOINTs: Our dysfunctional relationship with alcohol

Monday, May 18, 2015

All Granite State citizens, including me, are very irresponsible drug pushers in that we collectively sell lots of alcohol, the liquid drug, both to in- and out-of-state folks, yet we do relatively little to prevent and treat problems that result. The mantra of any drug pusher is to … 0

Viewpoints: Town Meetings — gone but not forgotten?

Friday, May 1, 2015

Recently the town I live in did the unthinkable. At least it was unthinkable for some of us die-hard New Englanders. They voted to do away with Town Meetings. Yes, they walked into those voting booths and checked off the spot that put the proverbial kibosh on a … 0

Thank you notes: A successful clean-up

Monday, May 4, 2015

To the editor: The Rindge Woman’s Club 2015 Earth Day roadside clean-up has been successfully completed for another year with the collection of over 150 30-gallon bags at the Rindge transfer station. Over 23 adult and eight younger groups or individuals turned in their bags of roadside litter. … 0

Create connection, combat addiction

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Drug addiction is something we often about in low voices and behind closed doors. That’s something that is going to have to change if the state wants to get a handle on what many lawmakers and advocates are terming an epidemic. The message of the most recent Community … 0

Letter: No good reason to support pipeline

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

To the editor: I have been closely following the debate over the construction of the pipeline, which would permanently alter life as we like it in many towns in southern New Hampshire. The very few local proponents of this project offer few, if any, benefits to the regions … 0

VIEWPOINTS: Deflategate and the integrity of the sport

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Regardless of the sport being played, it is absolutely essential that the playing field be equal for all. But that hasn’t necessarily been the case especially over the late two decades. One negative impact has been the use … 0

Thank you letters: Thanks for Shelter fundraiser

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

To the editor: Thank you, thank you, thank you! Our first annual Taste Of Monadnock and Beyond fundraiser for Shelter From The Storm went beyond our expectations. We had over 350 people attend the event, with over 40 food and wine vendors. Thank you to our dedicated volunteers … 0

Letters to the Editor: Please properly dispose of trash

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

To the editor: I want to thank all the people who donate their time and effort to pick up the roadside trash every spring. But it makes me very sad that every year, sometime even before the bags are picked up, I start to see trash again. To … 0

Letters to the Editor: On picking up trash

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

To the editor: While participating in Peterborough’s 2015 spring roadside cleanup, these sobering thoughts and observations came to mind: There are at least two very different types of people in this world: those who toss trash along the roadside, and those who pick it up. Trash does not … 0